Salford City Partnership


Irlam and Cadishead JSNA profile

includes the wards of Irlam and Cadishead

up arrow higher than England average
right arrow similar to England average
down arrow lower than the England average
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(The position against England is good where the arrow is an outline/not filled)


About 76% of the residents in Irlam and Cadishead are satisfied with the area as a place in which to live.1

Population (2009)

20,200 2 moderate growth between 2001 and 2009, mainly resulting from natural change (more births than deaths).


up arrow Infant mortality: the death rate in the under 1s is showing signs of a rising trend, and is above the average for Salford and England.3

up arrow Teenage conceptions: The teenage pregnancy rate for Irlam is higher than Salford and England. In Cadishead the rate is higher than the England rate but lower than Salford.4

up arrow Oral health: children in Irlam and Cadishead wards were found to have an average of 1.52 and 1.81 decayed, missing or filled teeth respectively compared to 1.11 nationally. 5

down arrow Breastfeeding: women are less likely to start breastfeeding (49.4%) than average for Salford (63%) and England (73.9%). This neighbourhood is one of the lowest for breastfeeding (24.7%) at 6-8 weeks almost half that of England (45.6%).6

up arrow Child obesity: Overweight and obesity (children) is higher than England (22.8% and 32.6%) at both reception (23.6%) and year 6 (33.5%).7

white right arrow Adult obesity: similar to England with nearly one in four adults obese.8

dash Mental health: lowest number of users of mental health outpatient services but use sharply increased in use in 2010/2011.9 Irlam has among the highest suicide rates in Salford and Cadishead has among the lowest.

right arrow Long term conditions: The major causes of death in Irlam and Cadishead are cardiovascular disease (heart attacks, stroke etc), cancer and respiratory disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Death rates from these diseases are very similar to England averages.10


up arrow The 2001 census data for the 2001 wards of Irlam and Cadishead show that 14% of adults were carers compared to 12% nationally.

Life expectancy**

right arrow The average age at death of a woman is 0.4 years lower than the average age at death of a woman in England. The figure for males is similar at 0.3 years lower than England. 11

Alcohol, drug and substance use

up arrow Alcohol: lower levels of alcohol consumption compared to other areas. Cadishead has a particularly high numbers of off-licenses. 12

up arrow Drugs: Heroin and crack cocaine users in treatment are lower than the Salford average. Still likely to be higher than England in Cadishead.13

up arrow Smoking: High proportion of tobacco smokers in the area at between 25.4 and 26.7% compared to England at 22.2%. 14


dash Both of these wards are quiet in terms of crime rates compared to other areas in Salford.15

Family poverty

up arrow Child poverty rate lower than the city-wide rate (29.4%) but higher than national (20.9%). One in five (22%) children in Irlam and Cadishead are growing up in poverty. 16

up arrow Pensioner poverty in this area is 28.1%. This is lower than the city (34.5%) rate but higher than national (22.9%). Almost a third of pensioners live on minimum means-tested incomes.17


dash Housing development: Potential for new housing development limited. Planning permission for only 306 dwellings as at 31 March 2011, significantly lower than at the same time in 2009 and 2010.18

down arrow Tenure: third highest proportion of privately owned homes in the city (76%), higher than that for the city average (70%) but lower than England (82%). 19

white down arrow Condition: the proportion (19%) of private housing that is not decent is lower than the city (20.9%) and national average (35.8%).20

dash Prices: the average house price is 3.9 times higher than the average income. This is lower than the city average but still high for first time buyers and the local community. The area has the lowest available properties to rent. 21

down arrow Fuel poverty: second lowest proportion (15.6%) of households in fuel poverty, below Salford (17.1%) and England (16.4%) averages. 22


white right arrow Special educational needs: lower than the Salford average and similar to that of England. 23

down arrow Ethnicity: lowest proportion of pupils from black and ethnic minority backgrounds. 24

white right arrow 16-18 year olds not in education, employment or training: percentage is fourth lowest within Salford at 6.1%. Lower than Salford rate (8.2%) and the same as England (6.1%). 25

down arrow Key stage 4: results are 46.4% which is below both the England figure (58.2%) and the equivalent Salford improving trend (51.5%). 26

down arrow Key stage 2: Maths attainment is below the Salford and national averages and there is no evidence of improving trends. 27

up arrow Persistent absenteeism: At 7.2%, below the Salford average (8.5%) but above England average (6.1%). 28


dash Physical regeneration: the regeneration of Liverpool Road has been adopted by the council which is producing improvements. Other high profile regeneration projects underway at Irlam station, Irlam and Cadishead college and the redevelopment of Fit City at Irlam. 29

dash Parks and open spaces: Cadishead Park has a new playground, BMX park and multi-sports facility and green gym. Prince's Park has a new green gym and an amphitheatre. There are sites of biological importance at the Old River and Irlam Moss.

dash Community activity and social assets: Irlam and Cadishead are a close-knit community offering good sports, community and educational facilities, new housing developments and a lively community sector making the area attractive to live in.

dash Air quality: Much of the neighbourhood area lies along a major road and experiences poor air quality, which can affect health. 30

dash Road safety: lowest number of road casualties in Salford with a downward trend. 31

dash Hot food takeaways: 25, the third lowest in Salford. 32


up arrow Benefits: Claimant rate is 14.4% which is lower than Salford average (17.5%) but higher than national rate (12.1%). 33

right arrow Unemployment: 4% against a national figure of 3.9% and Salford figure of 5.1%.34

dash Job vacancies: The most common vacancies advertised for Irlam and Cadishead were transport, business or public services, warehousing and plant and machine operatives. 35

down arrow Income: In Irlam and Cadishead the average (median) income of households was £32,366. This is the third highest in Salford but £3,643 per year below the average for Great Britain. 36

** Healthy life expectancy is the number of years expected to live in full health. This is lower than life expectancy; for Salford males the average is 63.9 years and for females it is 67.8 years (Census 2001). The average differences between England and Salford areas mirror the differences for life expectancy.

Further information and data, including social care data, can be located in other sections of the profiles and other parts of our JSNA at:

The 2012 Profile for Salford produced by the Public Health Observatory can be located on their site. 

What is already happening - Community priorities and local work programmes?

In November and December 2011 the Irlam and Cadishead Community Committee agreed its community priorities for the next financial year. It shared these with partners to assist with business planning. Community priorities reflect how local people want services to help them to improve their lives, rather than comprehensively assessing their needs and aspirations. The priorities are based on:

Each priority has a programme of work with activities, actions and named lead officers. Other sections of the JSNA detail more statistics and recommended actions to improve neighbourhood circumstances.

Where can neighbourhoods have the biggest impact?

Recommendations/suggestions from the analysis for Irlam and Cadishead for future neighbourhood business planning.

1. Maximise the potential for community groups to develop, grow and increase community spirit to help everyone's well-being and other health outcomes.

2. Encourage local partners and businesses to sign up to the Greater Manchester Good Work Good Health Charter for a healthier more sustainable and productive local economy.

3. Ensure opportunities for promotion of healthy lifestyles for pregnant women including encouraging healthy start vitamins, adoption of a healthy diet, weight management and stopping smoking. Ensure the importance of booking early with a midwife (by 12 weeks) is a key message to local women.

4. Work with parents, schools and communities to promote initiatives which support a good start to life for children. For example promoting breast feeding, healthy eating, cooking skills, physical activity and good dental health.

5. Continue building and strengthening links between schools, families and the local community to increase educational attainment.

6. Encourage and support local partners to implement the family poverty strategy to improve income and living standards. Raise the profile of the role and importance of financial inclusion to tackle family poverty as well as working with local families affected by changes in funding eligibility and welfare reform

7. Recognise the link between alcohol accessibility and ill health, social problems and crime. Work with communities to raise awareness on sensible drinking.

8. Risk factors mean that more people are likely to suffer from chronic and limiting long term illness, such as coronary heart disease and respiratory diseases. These conditions can shorten life and reduce its quality. Lifestyle changes can prevent many of these diseases. Local programmes to support reducing smoking, obesity, and alcohol and drug misuse will reduce the impact of long term conditions.

9. The Salford Making Every Contact Count programme is a new way of working where staff in contact with the public engage and encourage people to make positive changes in their lives. Locally partners can promote participation and champion roll out of the programme, so more staff are supported to advise and signpost local people to improve their health and wellbeing.

10. Encourage local people and partners to adopt the Five Ways to Wellbeing campaign which promotes mental wellbeing and develops community resilience.

11. Support the Time to Talk Campaign which aims to reduce stigma/discrimination and improve understanding of mental health problems.

12. Encourage people to improve their physical and mental well being by making the most of parks and other open spaces for walking, cycling and other outdoor activities. 


This page was last updated on 22 November 2012

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